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 Isaac Lamb

Isaac Lamb

Death 28 Dec 1908 (aged 87)
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Burial Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 59002565 · View Source
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Isaac Lamb was born about two miles northwest of Richmond, in Wayne township, April 21, 1821, and was a scion of families founded in America in the Colonial era of our country's history. Isaac Lamb could trace his ancestry back to 1658, to one Henry Lamb, a glove-maker who came to this country from Scotland and settled in North Carolina. He was a Quaker of the Fox type and willingly suffered martyrdom in the cause of his beloved religion. His son, Isaac Lamb,(not subject of this sketch) was also of that faith, and was a glove-maker and also a mason by occupation.

He was born in North Carolina, where he died, leaving a family of children, among whom was Thomas Lamb, the grandfather of Isaac. Thomas Lamb was born in Perquimans county, North Carolina, and followed in the steps of his forefathers, in that he was a Quaker and a glove-maker. He died about the year 1780, at about the time of the birth of his son, Thomas, who was the father of Isaac (subject of this sketch). This son, Thomas, left his native State in company with his brother John and settled Preble county, Ohio, where he remained two years and then came to Indiana, taking up his residence in Wayne county.

He was first employed by John Smith to clear ten acres of land, and while engaged in this work was making equal progress in another direction, with the result that he won the love of his employer's daughter, Sarah, and was married to her, Aug. 4, 1813. The land cleared by him afterward became a portion of the present site of the city of Richmond. Soon after his marriage he located upon a farm where he remained until his death, which occurred Feb. 7, 1855. His wife passed away July 24, 1833, and of their five children- John, Isaac, Henry, Phineas, and Elizabeth-Isaac (subject of this sketch) was the last survivor.

John Smith, the maternal grandfather of Isaac Lamb (subject of this sketch), built the first brick residence in Richmond. He was also from North Carolina, having been born in Guilford county, and removed to Indiana in 1806. He was a Quaker and a prominent mover in erecting the Whitewater Meeting House. He died in Richmond in 1835, in his eightieth year.

Isaac Lamb (subject of this sketch) at the age of eighteen left home to make his own way in the world, going West, crossing the Mississippi, and working in different localities. Part of his time was spent in the Sac and Fox Indian agencies, and there he learned to speak their language. After three years, he returned to Richmond, his old home, where he was married, and the following year again went West with his bride, (Rebecca Jarrett) crossing the Mississippi on the ice in the month of March.

He located in Henry county, Iowa, where sickness finally caused him to abandon his farm, after a year spent there in clearing it and getting it ready for cultivation. In 1844 he returned to Wayne county and took up his residence near Abington, but soon afterward moved to Centerville, where he continued to reside until 1853, when he removed to the city of Richmond, where he built an attractive home (114 SW 3rd Street)and continued to be engaged in various lines of endeavor until within a few years of his death. He was extensively engaged in handling patent rights, of which he made a most profitable business.

He continued this vocation until the Civil War broke out, and then spent ten years in the cultivation of cranberries in the northern part of the State, and later was engaged extensively in the real estate business in this and adjoining States. He entered several thousand acres of land and supplied the Panhandle railroad with wood for several years, until, at his suggestion. they began to use coal. He was very successful in settling up estates and settled three in England, making six trips across the ocean in doing so.

On Nov. 1, 1842 the marriage of Mr. Lamb to Miss Rebecca Jarrett was solemnized, a daughter of George and Mary Jarrett, both natives of the State of Virginia, who came to Indiana in an early day.

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The Palladium announced the death of Isaac Lamb on 12-29-1908; page 7; col. 7., and listed his age at 88. An age calculation would indicate his age to be 87 (according to birth date on file).

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 59002565
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Lamb (21 Apr 1821–28 Dec 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59002565, citing Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Dan Tate (contributor 47168327) .